The “Fight of the Century” has concluded with Floyd Mayweather Jr. leaving the ring still undefeated. The American boxing champ defeated Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao, after 12 rounds, with scores to the former’s advantage.
According to officials, Mayweather won on all of the judges’ scorecards: 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. As a result, he will retain his welterweight world championship title and he is now considered the best boxing fighter of his generation.
Mayweather’s triumph comes amid loud boos from a pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I outboxed him,” Mayweather said. “He never figured out my jab and my right hand.”
Following his victory, Mayweather announced that he will fight in September and retire from the boxing scene.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, who was left stunned by the decision of the judges, maintained that he thought he was going to win the “Fight of the Century,” according to media.
“I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me,” Pacquiao said. “I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores. I hit him more times than he hit me.”
Manny even told Max Kellermen that he didn’t really step up the pace at the end of the fight because he thought he was already ahead and was bound to win, reports The Guardian.
Contrariwise, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, opined that Manny was “flat-footed” during the fight.
“Between rounds, I asked for more combinations from Manny,” Roach said. “I thought he fought flat-footed a little too much.”
The Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather fight was reportedly delayed by about one hour due to technical problems with the record number of the pay-per-view orders.
Per New York Times, a great number of American households paid $90 to watch the fight. The total is estimated to be at $300 million, and Mayweather is to receive 60 percent of the revenue, win or lose.